The full text above and below the image of this print reads, "The First Lecture in Experimental Philosophy. / Engraved for the Universal Magazine, for J. Hinton at the King's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard London. 1748." The print shows a demonstration lecture given to a group of nobly-dressed gentlemen, with chemical apparatus on the table and floor and astronomical and other instruments on the back shelf. The scene may depict French clergyman and physicist Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700-1770), known as Abbé Nollet, who was the first professor of experimental physics at the University of Paris.
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